Youth Recognition Form

We are adding pages to the GSD Review to recognize significant GSD accomplishments for young people 17 years old or younger.  This form will give proper authorization.

Junior Handling Classes

Junior competition has  three classes divided by age: Junior (ages 9-11), Intermediate (ages 12-14), and Senior (ages 15-18).  Competition for a Best Junior Handler is between the winner of each age group and the Junior/Senior class.

Did you Know?

The Junior program is based on a year-long accumulative point system with the winner receiving the Robert Hamilton Award Trophy at the National.  In addition, a GPA Scholastic Award (a $100 savings certificate) is available to the Junior with the highest GPA submitting points.

The Robert Hamilton Award Program

Junior Competition Criteria and AKC Junior showmanship rules and regulations apply. Points are computed on all AKC sanctioned All Breed and Specialty shows which offer Junior Showmanship Point System.

Please submit a total for each show with tally of all shows.

  • Class Placements - 1st = 5 pts. 2nd = 4 pts. 3rd = 3 pts. 4th = 2 pts.
  • Additional 1 point will be awarded for each junior defeated, exhibiting = 1 pts.

 Therefore, if junior wins Best Junior all juniors defeated in all junior classes may be counted.

The Award: Junior showmanship winner will be awarded the Robert Hamilton Award Trophy to be presented at the National for the fiscal year ending June 30 of that year. The Robert Hamilton Recipient will be asked to submit a write-up and picture to the Junior Chairperson for publication in the Review. All participants will receive a certificate.